As the New Year approaches, many of us are quick to set resolutions. However, a critical reassessment of these resolutions is essential for long-term success.
Let’s explore five common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
FIVE COMMON PITFALLS
- Unrealistic Resolutions
Setting overly ambitious resolutions is a common trap. While aiming high is admirable, unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and abandonment. To counter this, set achievable, measurable objectives. For instance, instead of resolving to “lose weight,” specify “aim to lose 10 pounds by the end of March through ABC nutritional protocol and XYZ training volume/frequency.”
- Lack of Accountability
Resolutions often fail due to a lack of accountability. It’s easy to stray from goals when nobody else knows about them. Consider sharing your resolutions with a friend or family member, or even on social media, to create a support system that encourages accountability.
- Lack of Planning
A goal without a plan is just a wish. It’s crucial to break down your resolution into smaller, manageable steps. If your goal is to save money, start by creating a monthly budget and identify specific areas where you can cut expenses.
- Lack of Belief (Self Doubt)
Self-doubt can sabotage even the most well-intentioned resolutions. To combat this, remind yourself of past successes and challenges you’ve overcome. Maintain a positive mindset and believe in your ability to achieve your goals.
- Unclear Goals
Vague resolutions like “get healthier” or “be happier” lack clarity and direction. Be SPECIFIC about what you want to achieve. This can be challenging for some people that are not as introspective as others. For example: instead of saying “I want to be healthier”, define what it means to be healthier. Is it improving particular blood markers? Is gaining muscle mass? Is it being able to hike for two hours without questioning whether you could?
By setting realistic goals, creating accountability, planning thoroughly, believing in yourself, and being clear about your objectives, you can transform your New Year’s resolutions from fleeting wishes to achievable targets. This year, let’s set resolutions that we can maintain and celebrate!
Take Action Today: If you’re ready to take your New Year’s resolutions to the next level, we invite you to connect with one of our coaches. Schedule a New Year Goal Review session today by emailing Kara@reason.fit and let us help you craft a tailored plan to achieve your dreams. Your success is our goal, and together, we can make this year your best one yet!